The heavy aromas of earth, wet lettuce and green beans are worrisome, but the palate exceeds expectations. The blackberry fruit is actually pretty ripe and wholesome. The mouthfeel features heavy tannins and a pronounced flavor of black coffee. But while it has good fruit and texture, there's also an annoying green streak that lingers in the mouth. —M.S.
A French Paradox
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.